By John B. Arden
As entertainers, agencies, or even the govt pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of that means. This e-book examines modern American realization, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the expense of substance and depth.Celebrity information, games, cookie-cutter faculties, and buying, procuring, purchasing. As entertainers, agencies, or even the govt pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of which means. This booklet examines modern American cognizance, contemplating the criteria that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the price of substance and depth.Arden discusses the growing to be epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, awareness deficit ailment, and lawsuits of ennui. He ambitions the explanations why American kids have expressed their burdened rage with lethal guns, why a president boasts that he earned Cs in collage, and why society has drifted into yearning leisure laced with violence and inexpensive thrills. The booklet is provocative examining for involved voters, in addition to for students and researchers concerned with modern American tradition and society.
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